Officer saves little girl from abusive home
Officer Sally Zheng has come a long way and she gives a lot of credit to one man who helped her early on.
Zheng was put into foster care about 20 years ago. Ralph Torres was an officer with the NYPD at that time. Zheng says Torres was the only positive influence in her life during what was a very difficult time for her.
As time past and Zheng worked her way up in the world, graduated from high school and then college, she says she felt like a piece was missing without Torres there.
Eventually Zheng followed suit and joined the NYPD herself to help her own community and hoping to have a similar impact in somebody else’s life.
Zheng tried to find Torres and she even sent out a letter but she couldn’t track him down.
20 years later she gets to ask him one important question
On May 25, 2017, NYPD Officer Sally Zheng showed up to the NYPD Transit Disctrict 30’s normal morning roll call that happens at the beginning of shifts going out on patrol. It was a normal day or so she thought. The crew was informed that NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill was going to make an announcement. They all stood by waiting to hear what the O’Neill was going to say.
There was more than one special guest. O’Neill then asked Zheng if she would like to meet the man that changed her life. You can watch the video below.
O’Neill had some touching words for Zheng and her fellow officers: “Never undervalue what you do. Throughout the day and throughout your career, you never know what effect you’re going to have on people.”
Zheng and Torres took some time to catch up as they had a lot of things they probably wanted to say to one another. “I’m so glad you’re still here,” Zheng told Torres and Torres reassured her by saying he is certainly still here.
The New York City Police Department released the following video in June 2017. It shows a very touching reunion between Officer Zheng and former officer Ralph Torres. She finally got to meet him! It had been 20 years but she finally got to meet him again and it’s a very touching moment indeed.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 2, 2017
Best of luck, Officer Sally Zheng!
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